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“Between stimulus and response there is a space.  In that space is our power to choose our response.  In our response lies our growth and our freedom."

Viktor E. Frankl

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Melissa Magaro, Ph.D., ABPP
Licensed Psychologist (CA #23161)
Board Certified in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology

I received my B.A. from the Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon and then earned my Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). At UCLA, I trained with Dr. Michelle Craske in the assessment and treatment of emotional disorders, with an emphasis on anxiety disorders. I completed a one-year internship at UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and then a post-doctoral fellowship specializing in evidence-based treatment for severe mental illness at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center. 

I am committed to helping clients thrive by utilizing scientifically proven methods to reduce symptoms, promote healing, and enhance life satisfaction.  I have extensive training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and exposure-based treatments.  In addition to being an Adjunct Faculty Member at the Beck Institute and a Beck Institute CBT Certified Clinician, I am a Diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies as well as Board Certified in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology.  Furthermore, I serve as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. I remain active in training and clinical supervision as part of my commitment to the dissemination of evidence-based treatments. 

I offer specialized evidence-based treatment of anxiety (panic, obsessive compulsive disorder, health anxiety, generalized worry, social anxiety and phobias) in addition to mood disorders and insomnia. I also have training in habit reversal training and experience working with hair pulling and skin picking. Having worked with college students for seven years at UCLA’s Counseling and Psychological Services, I have a particular interest in the developmental transition to adulthood and also specialize in perinatal concerns and the transition to parenthood.

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You deserve treatment that works

In the first several sessions, I will conduct an evaluation and work with you to develop a shared understanding of your concerns. This will aid us in the development of a treatment plan that is based on scientifically proven methods to help you reach your goals.  Employing cutting edge cognitive-behavioral strategies, I will guide treatment and you will be the expert on what works for you.  We will develop action plans so you will know what to be working on between sessions and to maximize our time together in session.  We will monitor your progress utilizing standardized measures of relevant symptoms and functioning to ensure we are on track to meet your goals.

Please contact me directly regarding fees. Upon request, I will provide a statement for you to submit to your insurance provider for reimbursement. Please contact your insurance provider in order to determine if your policy provides reimbursement for out-of-network providers.

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A Happier, Healthier You

In therapy sessions, we'll collaboratively set agendas to keep us on track, assess progress towards your personal goals, and develop new ways of thinking and behaving to support your emotional health.  We will design a personalized action plan at the end of each session so you can practice new skills in your life, where it matters most.


Hone Your Skills

If you are looking to learn about cognitive behavior therapy or hoping to sharpen your skills as a cognitive behavior therapist, I can help. With 10 years of experience providing clinical supervision to psychology interns and post-docs, psychiatric residents, and licensed professionals, I can help you further your skills no matter your experience level.


Customized For You

If you are seeking training on evidence-based therapy, please contact me to discuss your needs. We can customize a training that will address the specific interventions, disorders or populations relevant to your work. I have provided training ranging from workshops to week-long trainings, both domestically and internationally.

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My office is centrally located near the 405/10 interchange in West Los Angeles.  Parking is available for a fee in the building and street parking is available on the nearby residential streets. 

Offering telehealth to California residents.

11500 W Olympic Blvd., Suite 460
Los Angeles, CA 90064


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Good Faith Estimate Notice

The federal “No Surprises Act” grants consumers the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” for the total expected cost of any non-emergency items or services.  Under the law, health care providers are required to give clients who don’t have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the expected charges for treatment services. The act also requires healthcare providers to inform their clients of this right.  You can ask your health care provider for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule a service.  If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute the bill. Make sure to save a copy or picture of your Good Faith Estimate. For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, visit

All material provided on this website is for informational purposes only. Direct consultation of a qualified provider should be sought for any specific questions or problems. Use of this website in no way constitutes professional service or advice. If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, please contact 911 immediately.

This website may provide links to third-party websites, but these links do not constitute or imply endorsement or recommendation of said third-party websites or the information contained therein. Dr. Magaro bears no liability or responsibility for these third-party websites, which are governed solely by the terms of use, if any, of the applicable third-party websites.

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